Farmhouse Chicago Executive Chef
Garrett VanBergen was born and raised in a western suburb of Chicago. His love for creating unique dishes started with his first job during high school working at a local pizzeria where he would create his own specials using all the fresh ingredients on hand. Attending culinary arts school, Garrett was able to master the culinary techniques while combining them with his love of flavor. He takes great pride in his kitchen at Farmhouse and wants every guest to enjoy eating his dishes as much as he has enjoyed creating them. Garrett currently lives in Chicago with his fiancée, Jordana, and their rescue dog, Ember.
Farmhouse Chicago General Manager
Originally hailing from Boston, Bonni arrived in Chicago in 2006 and has since firmly established herself in the local restaurant and hospitality scene. Since coming to Chicago, Bonni has gained experience in all facets of the industry having worked at two of Chicago’s top restaurant groups and for multiple nationally renowned chefs. Bonni’s passion is hospitality, and she brought this passion and her wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry to Farmhouse Chicago as its General Manager in August of 2017. Her desire is to guide her team to demonstrate the “Honest to the Heartland” approach through not only the delicious food, but also by cultivating meaningful and lasting impressions that will leave every guest with a warm and enjoyable experience.
Farmhouse Chicago Events and Human Resource Manager
Amanda Fladung is the Events and Human Resource Manager for Farmhouse Chicago. She joined the team in 2011 as a hostess and grew with the company over the past 5 years. She graduated from Kendall College in Chicago with a degree in Hospitality Management with a focus in Event & Meeting Planning. She fell in love with the restaurant industry when she took her first job as a hostess 15 years ago. Amanda is currently studying to take the SHRM exam this summer. She lives in Chicago with her husband, daughter and dog.
Farmheads Partner/Executive Chef
Eric Mansavage, a proud product of Steven’s Point, Wisconsin is passionate about working with local farmers and growers to bring the freshest local produce, meats and dairy to Farmhouse Tavern. Eric’s core philosophy is simple, approachable and carefully crafted foods based on the culinary heritage of the Midwest. Under Eric’s direction, the Farmhouse kitchen has become known for delicious, locally sourced foods executed with tremendous technique. Eric has led our efforts to reach out to various farm-to-fork non-profits and is a member of the Green City Market Board of Directors.
Recently a Farmhouse Tavern guest asked TJ what he did before he entered the restaurant business. His response was ‘Junior High.” A career restaurant leader, TJ has done everything you can do in the business from being a fry cook and bartender, GM of a $7MM TGI Friday’s, F & B Director of a ski area to restructuring $200 MM restaurant companies. His focus at Farmhouse is finance, accounting, strategy and systems. TJ’s undergraduate degree is in hospitality from the University of Massachusetts and has a MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. TJ lives in Lakeview with his wife Molly McCombe and two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.
Originally from Ireland, Ferdia Doherty was on his way to South America when he met Nora Gainer in an Irish Bar in River North. A career marketing professional, Ferdia had a successful career with Frankel and Company, Hal Riney, Euro RSCG and Publicis. Ferdia later founded Rain Communications, an integrated marketing communications and strategy firm. Ferdia’s focus at Farmhouse is front of the house operations, marketing and community outreach. Ferdia and his wife Nora Gainer live in Lincoln Park with three children, Bebhinn, Aonghus and Maude.
Diane Mulligan is Farmhouse’s Controller, and has spent time working as both a CPA and a restaurant owner. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Economics with an Accounting Emphasis and doing time in Public Accounting and Asset Management for close to a decade, she opened her first bar in San Francisco in 1998. She has been involved with numerous restaurants in San Francisco either as an owner, controller or management consultant. Diane moved to Chicago in 2007, where she met TJ through mutual friends. She is also an investor in Farmhouse Chicago, Farmhouse Evanston and spends her days keeping Farmhead’s financials in order.